Here is the punchline to all those outraged tweets during Coachella, when people were shocked at that the crowd for Phoenix dwarfed that of indie-rock journeymen Pavement, who had the misfortune to go on at around the same time. Phoenix are a big deal in 2010: Their MySpace page brings news today that the French pop band will play Madison Squre Garden with the Dirty Projectors on October 20th, gracing the same venue Lady Gaga is currently performing at. That’s not bad for a group that was performing at the Soho Apple Store (well, Central Park, too) ten short months ago. But they deserve it.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 17.